Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay

Many consumers are guilty of purchasing products and making assumptions on how to properly handle them.


Sure, IKEA assembling instructions will undoubtedly be referenced—albeit with lots of hair-pulling–but there is certain literature attached to the merchandise that is conveniently forgotten.

The neglected piece of information is the warning label, and contrary to much public denial, they're there for a reason.

What is it about them that makes us conveniently gloss over the fine print, even if the word 'WARNING' is in bold and all caps? Do we, as educated consumers, think our common sense is sufficient?

Curious to explore this notion, Redditor rynoman12 asked:

"What is the 'WARNING: DO NOT...' label that is ignored the most?"

The following warned against specific body contacts.

See What I Mean?

"Glitter eyeshadow usually has a 'Warning: Do not use in the immediate eye area' and can cause damage to your corneas (even send you to the ER if you can't get it out) if even a particle gets in your eye."

headclouds

Hear Me Out

"Do not insert inside the ear canal."

AdminWh*re

"Okay but why does my ear have a gspot then?"

Cannanda

Screw Labels

"In my case would be like 'warning, do not wash/Gentle cycle/Hand wash...' and other shirts labels because I hate the feeling of that square thingy on my neck and first thing I do when I buy a shirt is ripping it off."

V02D

Careful the things you ingest.

Toxic Chemicals

"WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals, which are known to the State of California to cause cancer, are known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other reproductive harm."

Cheeseish

Harmful Sip

"My sis came back to Scotland from San Fransisco a few years back with a tourist-tat coffee mug for me. Bloody thing said on the bottom that there was a chance I'd get cancer if I drank from it.

snailtraill

That's Just Nuts

"The warning on a 100% pure peanuts bag that it MAY contains peanuts."

"Lucky i always get a peanuts bag with peanuts."

who_you_are

Bad Combo

"Don't drink alcohol with medication."

"I swear everyone I know seems to just ignore that one or just not read the warnings or interactions with their medication in general."

b*tchyteaboy

These are warnings specifically aimed towards the safety of children.

Keep Away From Little Hands

"Probably the keep out the reach of children."

itsme_frig

Questionable Caveat

"That stupid warning on nerf guns that tells you not to shoot them at people."

"Uh, okay, sure."

Ok-Vast-1316

"I think it says 'Do not shoot directly at the face', probably because if it hits an eye, the damage may be serious."

ACA2000

Half-Baked Warning

"Eat raw cookie dough. Better to die hunched over the toilet from salmonella poisoning than live on my knees."

mysh**tywriting

Gotta Bounce Solo

"The warning on every trampoline ever that says to only allow one person on the trampoline at a time."

"Part of my job is actually to write these types of warnings and precautions (I'm a technical writer - I don't decide what the warnings are, lawyers do that, but once they know what warnings they want, I work with them to make sure it's worded clearly and concisely)."

"Anyway, my company used to do trampolines, and my boss remarked on how he has never known anyone to follow that precaution, and that in fact, if you were ever to see a kid jumping by themselves on a trampoline, you'd probably think, 'Oh how sad - that poor child has no friends!'"

AlliedSalad

You would think most of us have common sense, and that the warning label is on a product just in case.

But that concept was lost on these consumers.

Remember the woman who used Gorilla glue as a hairspray replacement? We all know how that worked out: a trip to a plastic surgeon.

Well, a Louisiana man thought that woman who suffered the consequences of applying the strong adhesive on her scalp was lying.

So he tried it on himself by using Gorilla glue to attach a plastic cup to his lip.

Sigh.

Photo by UX Gun on Unsplash

No one wants war.

Keep reading... Show less
Pexels.com

So let's talk about how a dog owner on Facebook learned her dog's "adorable" behavior was, in fact, furious masturbation.

Readers, if you know anything about me you know I love a good plot twist and I love chonky puppers.

Yesterday, life combined my two great loves in a hilarious and inappropriate way.

I was mindlessly scrolling through my dog groups on Facebook when a video with a few hundred laugh reacts but almost no comments caught my eye.

The still from the video was a pudgy little Frenchie, so obviously I had to read and watch.

Keep reading... Show less
Photo by Jason Leung on Unsplash

Have you ever fantasized about what it would be like to win the lottery? Having money for the rest of your life, as far as the eye can see, to cover your expenses.

And have you thought about all the things you would buy if you could really afford them? Are they ALL practical things, or are some of them silly?

We always love to fantasize about what life would be like if money were no object. And you are not alone!

Keep reading... Show less
Photo by Victor He on Unsplash

One of the most freeing realizations I've had was when I understood that not everyone was going to like me.

That's just the way it is for all of us, and I learned that it would be unfair for me to dedicate so much time worrying about what others might think.

It changed my life—improved it, I'd say.

That, combined with my willingness to take responsibility for my own actions, was crucial to my self-development.

Whether it's an epiphany or experience, there are many things that can happen and can successfully shift your perspective.

People shared their stories after Redditor drewyourstory asked the online community:

"What life event or experience changed your perspective?"
Keep reading... Show less